Commandments are Impossible to Do
It's not a new "thing".
If anyone says that the commandments of God are, even for one that is justified and constituted in grace, impossible to observe, let him be anathema.
1st Temple Seal of Bethlehem Found
The Israel Antiquities Authority announced the discovery of a 2,700 year old bulla bearing an inscription reading “Bethlehem” on Wednesday, May 23rd.
The discovery marks the earliest known mention of ancient Bethlehem, a city best remembered as Jesus’ birthplace centuries later.
A bulla, or stamped piece of clay used to seal a document or container, was used to mark the identity of the sender or author of a document, and was an essential means of marking ownership in ancient transactions.
The 1.5 cm bulla found at the City of David in Jerusalem bears the inscription:
Ancient Bethlehem plays a central role in the Hebrew Bible before its New Testament prominence as Jesus’ birthplace.
First mentioned in the Bible as Ephrath in Genesis 35 during the burial of Rachel, ancient Bethlehem played an important role in the life (and birth) of King David.
The city, located just 5 miles south of Jerusalem, is best known from the Gospels as Jesus’ birthplace.
On the Friendly Atheist website
Hey G4, question for you....
What's your opinion about Christian pastors who preach and teach that homosexual acts are not sinful?
Orangeman - Anti Catholics in England
I was considering today the age and wisdom of the saints. Imagine being the Apostles...they're a couple thousand years young.
The Gospel of Judas -sin doesn't affect our spirit
The Gnostics were eastern mystics who taught that the physical realm is intrinsically evil and that the spirit can be freed from its bondage to physicality through the attainment of secret knowledge (or "gnosis").
They rejected the Christian doctrine of creation (saying that the material world is evil).
They denied the incarnation (saying that Christ was a spiritual being who brought the secret knowledge and denying that He became "flesh").
And they denied the redemption (saying that sin is not a moral failure-since what we do in the flesh does not affect our spirits-but simply a lack of spiritual knowledge).
Today the Gnostics are back in vogue.
Feminist theologian Elaine Pagels of Princeton argues that Gnosticism is more open to women, since the body makes no difference to the spirit.
She maintains that the early church labeled Gnosticism a heresy as part of a patriarchal plot to oppress women.
And the Cainites have come back in pop literature.
Philip Pullman, in the His Dark Materials fantasy novels for young people-currently being made into a motion picture-presents God as the villain and Satan as the hero.
Dan Brown in the mega-seller The Da Vinci Code draws on Gnostic writings and continues their tradition by making up history to create the impression that Christ's real message was feminism and sexual liberation.
Gnosticism lets you be "spiritual"-as an inner mysticism-without worrying about objective truth or what you do with your body.
But, like Judas, it betrays Christ.
Robbed a lemonade stand
Back in business.
A business group at a Catholic college in Pennsylvania honored a 10-year-old boy yesterday for his entrepreneurial spirit.
Anthony Sanders, of Johnstown, Pa., reopened his lemonade stand one day after a 12-year-old robbed it at BB gunpoint.
Sanders, who is trying to raise $400 to buy a PlayStation 4 video game system, told local news outlets he wasn’t intimidated by the crime.
Police have charged the robber, who made off with $30 after struggling with Sanders over his money box, in juvenile court.
The Enactus chapter at the St. Francis University School of Business gave Sanders gift certificates, a plaque, and a book on entrepreneurism.
He might have preferred the gaming system he’s been saving for, but that wouldn’t be very entrepreneurial.
"Let there be Light." And there was light.
The speed of light travels 7.5 times around the Earth in one second!
(#19 of 25 Bible Verses about Light)
13 "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?
It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14
"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
(#20 of 25 Bible Verses about Light)
22 "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.
(#21 of 25 Bible Verses about Light)
33 "No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.
34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light.
But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.
35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.
(#23 of 25 Bible Verses about Light)
18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
19 This is the verdict:
Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.